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Pre-Master programmes for Computing and Information Sciences - introduction

N.B. In below text we are using the term "pre-Master programme" particularly in relation to students from non-RU-bachelor programmes and universities of applied sciences (HBO). Students from RU-bachelor programmes such as Business Administration or Artificial Intelligence are referred to the section containing transition programmes for further information.


The educational institute for Computing and Information Sciences offers several pre-Master's programmes (especially for students from universities of applied science (Dutch: HBO)) that enable students to bridge the gap between non-RU bachelor programmes and our master programmes Computing Science or Information Sciences.

There are standardised programmes for students with a particular background, e.g., students with a computing science bachelor in applied science or professional education, but in some cases, the Examination Board may determine a personalised pre-Master's programme, depending on the student's background.

For Computing Science, the standardised programmes are tuned to the different master specialisations (Cyber Security, Data Science and Software Science). For Information Sciences, there is one programme which contains courses relating to Business Administration, Computing Science and general academic background. More information about the standardised pre-Master's programmes can be found in the following links.

As they typically contain introductory courses to areas that are lacking in the student's background, the standardised pre-Master's programmes contain courses that are scheduled in the first semester (fall semester). If you already started your pre-master programme in 2020-2021 but did not complete it, you may find that some courses have changed or been replaced by others. In that case, please contact study advisor Perry Groot to discuss the transition rules that may be appropriate for you.

If you would like more information on or are interested in taking one of these pre-Master's programmes, or if you would like to inquire about the possibilities of a personalised pre-Master's programme spread across the first and second semester, please contact our student advisor Perry Groot (Perry.Groot@science.ru.nl) to discuss your options.